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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/19/2008 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, Im so happy to have found this forum. I have been struggling for 3 months - I was sitting on the couch one night and my left side started to tingle -face - arms - and legs. I was very scared but just tried to ignore it the starge sensation stayed with me - it felt like i was numb so I pinched my self - *OUCH* all the feeling was still there just felt word.
Three weeks went by and I was feeling alot of anxiety so went to a medical clinic - he did some strengths tests and eye tests ect and told me to go home and stop worrying. So I tried but I couldnt - i kept getting dizzy and tightning up and felt like i was panicking (I think they were panic attacks) so I ended up in emergency room because I feared something majo was wrong right there. The doctor examined me he checked my eyes, reflexes, balance, strength, and sensation in my body. He told me stength and eyes were normal and reflexes were a bit jumpy but ok - and he odered a cat scan to rule out anythng major like stroke or tumor and the cat scan came back ok.
Well under the emergency room doctors advice he told me to see a general doctor if i was too worried - he said he seen these syptoms ofeten and are usually nothing. So I decided to go get checked out by my GP and an eye doctor. I noticed the vision in my left eye is not quite as sharp as my right - but the eye doctor my vision is great even though my left eye may not be as sharp it can still see 20-20 and its halth looked god.
Then I went to my GP - he didnt seem too sympathetic with my tingling and numbness - he felt my neck which was a little stiff on the left side and proclaimed ' ohhhh yea its the nerves in your neck - I see this all the time' to whicj i replied - 'it can make my whole left side tingle and feel like its asleep' he replied ' Ohhhh yea happens all the time'. So after I insisted he sent is going to have some bloodwork done - and recomended a physiotheorapist to work with my neck.
Personally I think it is something nerological - I just find it hard to say to my doctor 'Man I think I have MS or something'. It is also hard because my syptoms are not debilitating - the tingling and numbness feeling cause me more anxiety then anythng. The only other sympton i can think of is sometimes in my legs i get little twitches (non painfull) and sometimes i get a shooting pain on and off behind my knee. Should I be really concerned about MS? These sound like MS symptoms to be and have myself convinced I have it cause I can imagine anything else causing symptoms like these.
As a percaution I have started a low saturated fat diet just incase. Is the low saturated fat diet helpful? I have ready it has had some great results - and I figure it is healthy even for people who dont have MS
I would so appreciate any of your thoughts - if you think this could be MS and if it is - what are your thoughts on trying to fight the diease with a low saturated fat diet?
Thanks so much!
Sorry about the length
Grasshopper  :)     

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 6/20/2008 1:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Grasshopper,

I am so sorry you are having such a hard time. It is not easy to get a diagnosis sometimes. It took a lot of dr's and at least 7 months before I got diagnosed with lyme disease. I am now in the process of checking ms off the list hopefully with a spinal tap. You need to persevere and if necessary get 2nd and 3rd opinions if need be.
Panic attacks are just awful. I began having them a few months ago and they are brutal. I started zoloft for the attacks and it did help. I take xanax if they are coming on and it stops them dead in their tracks. I have started to wean myself off the zoloft in an effort to clear my body of all meds but if they came back I would certainly go back on.....that is a battle I do not want to experience again..
What did they catscan? just the brain or the spine also? masses or injury to the spine can cause a lot of issues that you mention. First thing they did a couple of years ago was check the spine area to rule out injury there.
Try not to panic. Remember panic attacks cannot kill you even though you feel as though they can.....when you get one do something completely different. I get in the shower or turn up the radio anything to create a diversion from thinking about the fact I am having an attack. zoloft has helped have not had one for a while. my funky symptoms are what triggered mine too and made me worry myself into an attack.
Check out a new dr. You know when something is not right.

hang in there,


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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/20/2008 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Carolyn thanks for the reply. The advice you have given me is good and infact generally what I have done. Wehn I used to get an episode of feeling tingly in my cheek of my leg felt like it was falling asleep id get dizzy and tighten up. At first I thought maybe it was a syptom of the tingling - but started to realize that that I was just panicing. After a while I just took the attitude that tingling may be scarry but it is not somethng that is going to kill me on he stop - after that it has been 3 weeks without a dizzy panicky spell *knock on wood*.

Still I feel anxiety not knowing what the syptoms are. It is hard when they are so vague - they dont effect my pahysical day to day activity so people I find seem to dicount them. Personally if someone would tell me this is why you are having the tingling sensation and you going to have to live with it the rest of my life I'd have no problem at all with it - cause the anxiety would be gone.

In any case im ryig to relax and take it a day at a time - symptoms havent really got any worse over the last 3 months, no loss of strength, no fatigue, no loss of balance or anything like that. Still the tingling feeling is a cause for great concern to me. I'll just have to keep hounding my doctor til he finds out what it is I supose.

So what do you guys thnk about the low aturated fat diet? From what I have read it has produced very positive results for people with MS. The one i read wanted to limit satuated fats to 15g and under.

Thanks Again


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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 6/20/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   

I would not be really concerned.  I would maintain a symptom journal - list what your your sympoms are and when you experienced them and how long they lasted.  Please remember that MS is relatively rare.  It is extremely difficult for some to get a diagnosis.  It can take years.  I would NOT go to a doctor and say "I think I have MS."  That is when most doctors start talking about anxiety and hypochondriasis.  I would try whatever the doctor suggests and if that does not make things better, then tell him or her that it didn't and ask what direction to take now.  If they have no direction then you move onto another doctor. 

Most doctors are not going to fully investigate numbness and tingling though.  That could be the result of anxiety or a pinched nerve or any number of transient and treatable issues.  I do wish you the very best of luck with your health.  I do hope you get some relief very soon.  Please feel free to post and ask questions and we will do the best we can to help you. 

Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 6/20/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

Not sure about the low saturated fat diet but at the very least you will be nice and healthy and a lean mean fighting machine :)
Don't feel that going to the doc about the panic attacks is a big deal...if they get any worse go ahead and go and see if they can give you something to help you out for a while.

Hang in there :)

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 6/21/2008 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey grasshopper, i am new here but i understand about the tingling for sure. the first symptoms i had was my right side of my body went numb. I was not sure what was happening then in just a few days my balance was very bad. this all happened in just a 4 day period. i seen a doctor who mentioned the MS but was not sure so later on i seen a neurologist. I can understand the anxiety when you do not know what is happening but you know something is not right with your body your mind can really get to going it is not good to worry. i know easier said than done. also when i seen the dr. for the first time he mentioned diabetes. so i decided to stop eating sweets and go low carbs. not that is will help MS but it will help my weight i have lost 36 lbs since feb. i feel like i do not need any more problems MS is enough. i do believe that eating better and exercise does help somewhat. the only problem with exercising is that i am tooo tired........... anyway good luck hope you find out soon what is wrong. Survivor
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